Family Traditions Meat Company Recalls Ready-to-Eat Meat Stick Products

TAFC Clipboard:  Recalling products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens happens too frequently.

I wonder what percentage of products get tested by the FSIS, or whatever department is responsible for the testing? It seems as though food companies are using the government as they’re double-check agency, rather than do it themselves.

If it’s a small percentage of product that actually gets tested or looked at by authorities, then the food companies benefit. It looks as though they purposely misbrand and fail to list allergens.

What are the odds that one’s products will get checked? Odds are they won’t. So the odds are in favor of the companies who misbrand or omit allergens on their labels.

How many harmful products slip by going undetected unless somebody complains? Way, way too many to give the consumers confidence in what they consume and the peace of mind they should expect and deserve. How many people get sick or die, with nobody knowing what caused it? Way, way too many.

  • They’re attitude? If the USDA wants us to do that, then let them check and we’ll absorb the recall costs, rather than spend money on doing it ourselves.

That attitude, proven by their noncompliance, makes it look like they’re not concerned about the consumer’s health. How could those in charge of knowing, not know what’s in the products they sell or if it matches what’s on the label?

Something needs to be done about this. Start fining them? Who gets the money? It should go directly to the consumers, but although it will be marked for the Department Of Agriculture, you can be sure it won’t end up there.

Aside: Just like Social Security with all those outstanding IOUs. Congress uses Social Security funds as their bottomless ATM. Hey, I’ve got an idea. Call in those IOUs then Social Security benefits won’t have to be cut.

Put it on congress. They agreed to the IOUs. Did they even vote on it? And why didn’t they tell the public, so they could respond? You know, so the public could debate it.

Now if the government doesn’t have the money to repay those IOUs, because it’s so massive, then take it out of the pockets of those who voted for it.

Congress steals from the most needy and vulnerable. That money they stole without asking or telling, until it was too late and too massive, belongs to the seniors in this country – not to ones breaching the border – requiring free-to-them-only healthcare and housing. Seniors need healthcare and housing too.


The USDA needs to find ways to force compliance without putting companies out of business. They’ve been negligent in not passing laws that protect the consumer. Instead they pass laws that protect the sellers who have little regard for the health and safety of the consumers of their products.

It’s not enough to say, the majority of products are safe. How do they even know? What that means to most people is that forty-nine percent of the products are not safe.

‘We don’t have the funds’, they claim. Then allocate the funds and take from the copious amounts of special interest monies and grants for frivolous projects and monies in the billions they throw at bankrupt and corrupt foreign countries with no promised returns on tax payers’ investments.

Our food, the air we breathe and the water we drink needs to be on the top of the A-list in every region on the planet. Yet, it isn’t, even though they all claim it is. They’ll say, they eat, breathe and drink the same food, air and water as everybody else.

So that’s where we are right now, because the politicians and lawmakers don’t care what they eat, breathe and drink. You can’t even count on the scientists, since they serve at the pleasure of government and big business who decide what’s harmful and/or beneficial based on financial benefits to the wealthy.

Just the fact that the government promotes certain products from countries with which they make trade deals, when the populace doesn’t want to consume their products is proof enough that government and big business do not have the interest of the consumer as their primary concern.


Family Traditions Meat Company Recalls Ready-to-Eat Meat Stick Products Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen

Class I Recall006-2020
Health Risk: HighFeb 8, 2020

Congressional and Public Affairs
Maria Machuca
(202) 720-9113
FSISpress@usda.gov

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2020 – Family Traditions Meat Company, an Ackley, Iowa establishment, is recalling approximately 270 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) beef stick products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The fully cooked, ready-to-eat beef stick items were produced on Nov. 14, 2019, Dec. 3, 2019 and Jan. 6, 2020 and have a shelf life of six months. The following product is subject to recall:  [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 3-oz. and 6-oz. vacuum-packed packages containing “Arcadia MEATS SMOKED BEEF STICKS ORIGINAL” with lot numbers 31819, 33719 and 00620.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 46538” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

The problem was discovered by a compliance officer with the Iowa Department of Agriculture during in-commerce surveillance activities at a retail store.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers or both. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms are notifying their customers of the recall and that actions are being taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Jolene Heikens, Vice President of Sales with Family Traditions Meat Company, or Ashley Morton, Hazard Coordinator with Family Traditions Meat Company, at (641) 847-8116.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to  MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

Source: Family Traditions Meat Company Recalls Ready-to-Eat Meat Stick Products Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen






FSIS Issues Public Health Alert for Swedish Meatball Products Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen

CNAP ClipBoard: RE: “A recall was not requested because it is believed that the products are no longer available for consumers to purchase.”

  • A recall still should have been executed, so that those who still have the product stored in their pantries or stores can return it without incident. Many smaller markets purchase from other stores and then just raise the price for convenience purposes, rather than buying wholesale, so they don’t have to buy by the case.
  • Everyone who purchased the product, which could still be in play in some regions, must be considered when making general sweeping decisions, based on statistical probability rather than reality. Some people always get left out. No one, absent a recall, is going to know about this. Consumers don’t get updates from the USDA…I do, but I’m rare.
  • Now, if somebody gets sick and you didn’t recall the product, that makes the DOA, USDA and FSIS legally responsible.
  • One must begin to question why there are so maybe mislabeling mistakes on our food products. Who is doing the labeling? And why isn’t the labeling double checked? These labels need to be checked before they get to the USDA – at the manufacturing level. It seems like these companies are sidestepping their own verification process and making the USDA do it for them, hoping to slide by, to save themselves money. This is not acceptable.
  • Does that mean we really don’t know what goes into our food? And why not? Because people who don’t share our standards do whatever they want or whatever is cheapest for them? Many people won’t be comfortable going forward into this decade knowing people who don’t share our health and sanitation concerns are the ones feeding us. Scary.
  • Carso’s Pasta Company: I looked them up. It looks like they make pasta and sell all types of meats and cheeses in their pasta products. It looks like a small operation. How could they make such a mistake?
  • On further inspection, they don’t even have Swedish Meatballs in Sauce on their website menu of products they sell. In fact, there is no mention of the mislabeled product to alert customers who have already purchased it. Why is that? And who looks at websites after a product is purchased?
  • This is a small family-owned company. What happens in large companies halfway across the world, whose products end up in our pantries? Scary.
  • A recall is always needed when the product is still in play. That way it gets to the attention of news outlets, who will at least get the alerts out locally and/or nationally if products are shipped nationally.
  • It looks like the public isn’t being given the right information.
  • It’s a good idea for all media cable and network news outlets to have a ticker tape of recalled food products on 24/7. The public often times is unaware till it’s too late and too many people got sick and/or died. It’s time to protect the consumer and stop finding loopholes for the offenders.
  • How many people died because of bad product? There is no reliable figure, because other causes are always cited – to protect the offending parties from lawsuits. The government bends over backwards to provide this protection. What are we the Mafia? Yes.
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Rastelli Bros., Inc. Recalls Meat Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

News Release

Rastelli Bros., Inc. Recalls Meat Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Class II Recall

109-2019

Health Risk: Low

Nov 7, 2019

Congressional and Public Affairs

Veronika Pfaeffle

(202) 720-9113

FSISpress@usda.gov

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2019 – Rastelli Bros., Inc., doing business as Rastelli Foods Group, a Swedesboro, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 130,464 pounds of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The raw ground beef items were produced from Oct. 3, 2019 through Oct. 15, 2019. The following products are subject to recall:  16-oz vacuum sealed packages containing “NATURE’S RANCHER 100% GRASS FED ORGANIC GROUND BEEF 85% LEAN, 15% FAT” with case code 9276, 9283, 9287, or 9288 and use or freeze by dates of 10/24/19, 10/31/19, 11/04/19, 11/07/19, and 11/11/19.

16-oz vacuum sealed packages containing “NATURE’S RANCHER 100% GRASS FED ORGANIC GROUND BEEF 93% LEAN, 7% FAT” with case code 9276, 9283, 9287, or 9288 and use or freeze by dates of 10/24/19, 10/31/19, 11/04/19, 11/07/19, and 11/11/19.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 7877-A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distribution centers and further sent to retail locations in Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, and Maryland.

The problem was discovered after FSIS received consumer complaints through the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline. The firm also notified FSIS that they received a consumer complaint directly.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Mike Kelly, vice president of sales at Rastelli, at (856) 803-1100. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Raymond Rastelli, Jr., president and owner of Rastelli, at (856) 803-1100.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov.

For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

Source: Rastelli Bros., Inc. Recalls Meat Products due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination






Padrino Foods, LLC Recalls Beef Tamales Products due to Mislabeling

News Release

Padrino Foods, LLC Recalls Beef Tamales Products due to Mislabeling

Class II Recall

107-2019

Health Risk: Low

Nov 4, 2019

Congressional and Public Affairs

Veronika Pfaeffle

(202) 720-9113FSIS

press@usda.gov 

WASHINGTON, Nov. 4, 2019 – Padrino Foods, LLC, an Irving, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 1,931 pounds of beef tamales because the products may be misbranded, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products are labeled as beef and sirloin tamales but contain pork product inside the package.

The fully cooked, not shelf stable beef tamales items were produced on May 8, 2019. The following products are subject to recall: 60-oz. packages containing “padrino foods BEEF & SIRLOIN TAMALES Homestyle in corn husks” with lot code 2128903 and a sell-by date 12-27-19.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 13136” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were sold at retail locations in Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.  The problem was discovered by a customer who notified the firm of the misbranding error. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms are notifying their customers of the recall and that actions are being taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Diane Luther, owner of Padrino Foods, LLC, at (214) 905-3444. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact David Luther, Padrino Foods, LLC CEO, at (214) 905-3444.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to AskUSDA@usda.gov. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

Source: Padrino Foods, LLC Recalls Beef Tamales Products due to Mislabeling






24,000 Pounds Of Raw Beef Have Been Recalled After Being Deemed “Unfit For Human Consumption”

24,000 Pounds Of Raw Beef Have Been Recalled After Being Deemed “Unfit For Human Consumption” Samantha Holender

From Delish

Summer is over and more than 24,000 pounds of raw beef products have been recalled. Happy day? I think not.

The American Beef Packers, a California based company, recently notified the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service that a carcass accidentally got thrown into the mix of raw beef products during packaging. As a result, the affected beef is not recommended for human consumption.

The tainted beef was packed on August 21 and recalled products are stamped with “EST. 34741” in the USDA signage on the packaging.The bad beef was primarily sent to California and Oregon, so if you reside in either of those states, you might want to reconsider that end-of-season BBQ. Save yourself and your guests from a less-than-stellar summer wrap-up and take the damaged goods back to the store or just toss them out. FYI, most of the products affected are of the ribeye, sirloin, and boneless beef variety.

Thankfully, we haven’t heard any reports of illness or hospitalization. But if you think you may have taken a bite of the recalled meat and are feeling a little woozy, please call your doctor for professional advice. Do a sweep of your freezer to make sure you didn’t stow away any recent meat purchases as well.

See below for a list of the recalled items from the USDA and shop safe.

Bulk pack combo bins containing “AMERICAN BEEF PACKERS 85 BONELESS BEEF CHUCKS” with LOT NO.110 and BIN No. 85 and BIN No. 86.

Bulk pack combo bins containing “AMERICAN BEEF PACKERS 90 BONELESS BEEF” with LOT NO. 110 and BIN No. 81, BIN No. 82 and BIN No. 83.

Bulk pack combo bins containing “AMERICAN BEEF PACKERS 85 BONELESS BEEF” with LOT NO. 25-110 and BIN No. 84 and LOT NO 110 and BIN No. 88.Cases containing “AMERICAN BEEF PACKERS RIBEYE 8/10 #1” with codes BT190821-1178, BT190821-1185, BT190821-1188,

BT190821-1190, and BT190821-1194.66.2-lb. case containing “AMERICAN BEEF PACKERS RIBEYE 10 UP #1” with code BT190821-1186.

Bulk pack combo bin containing “AMERICAN BEEF PACKERS 90 BONELESS BEEF SIRLOINS” with LOT NO. 24-110 and BIN No. 80.

Source: 24,000 Pounds Of Raw Beef Have Been Recalled After Being Deemed “Unfit For Human Consumption”






Over 700 pounds of raw beef and pork products recalled due to possible blood contamination

HWH COMMENT: US FOODS. Yeah, they deliver to many local restaurants within a mile radius of me. I see them a lot while walking to do my errands. Guess I better not eat out for a while.

Even though I don’t eat this stuff, it gets cooked and served in the restaurants I do eat at.

Nobody says whether cross contamination can occur, so I’m assuming it can. How many restaurants will even see this recall? People are too busy. They’re not on the internet all day and night.

The USDA should have an alert app that businesses can put on the restaurant computers that they use while working.

Frankly, I don’t believe that a finger cut caused a High Risk Class I situation. And I don’t believe that it’s restricted to the states they name.

I’m not going to take any chances. I’m staying away from all restaurants.


News Release

Class I Recall076-2019
Health Risk: High
Jul 20, 2019

Congressional and Public Affairs
Meredith Carothers
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2019 – US Foods, a Birmingham, AL, establishment, is recalling approximately 712 pounds of raw beef and pork products that may be adulterated due to possible product contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The fresh and frozen raw beef and pork items were produced July 18, 2019. This spreadsheet contains a list of the products subject to recall. [View labels (PDF only)]

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 21103” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to restaurants in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The problem was discovered after the facility learned that an employee may have cut himself during production.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in restaurant refrigerators or freezers. Restaurants who have purchased these products are urged not to serve them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Sara Matheu, Director of Media Relations, US Foods, at (847) 720-2392.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.